20 March 2010

Chris Evans is this close to being Captain America

Update: Evans has accepted the offer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has offered Chris Evans the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, which begins filming in April.

This isn’t a lock, of course. But it looks likely that if Evans says “yea,” than we and director Joe Johnston have our Cap. Evans is also scheduled to shoot a romantic comedy this summer with Ana Faris, which may complicate the choice.

Evans is best known for playing Johnny “Human Torch” Storm from the two recent Fantastic Four movies. I wasn’t crazy about either (I sort of enjoyed Rise of the Silver Surfer, but got nothing from the first movie), but Evans was good in the part. He’s far better than the other choices for Cap that have kicked around for the last two weeks. I think he’ll work out in the part—and he’ll be going up against Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull.